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07/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse gets a speed boost, and Symantec improves email security with threat isolation technology.
07/20/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I recently met with the technology team of a large enterprise to discuss its strategy; a major focus was the use of public cloud storage. The internal business desire was strong; they saw it as providing flexibility, agility, and the chance to spread risk and free themselves from lockin to any one service provider.

But they also saw significant challenges, and this is not unusual. While cloud storage brings many desirable benefits, almost limitless scale, flexibility, and access to other services, it also raises important questions: how to maintain security and compliance, how to retain ownership, and how to smoothly integrate data stored in public cloud with other business operations.

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07/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Security practitioners cannot wait for the information they need to protect the enterprise, and thus the speed of delivery becomes a driving factor in the success or failure of the data-driven security enterprise.
07/20/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Two leading analysts’ reports, from Intersect360 Research and Hyperion Research, show the high-performance computing market has reached an inflection point. The cloud segment includes Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and Google.

Intersect360 says high-performance cloud spending by high-performance computing customers grew by 44 percent from 2016 to 2017, to about $1.1 billion—much faster than the growth in the total high-performance computing market, which is still mostly traditional on-premises hardware clusters.

The two related reasons for the faster cloud adoption of high-performance computing are pretty clear to me.

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07/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The service allows businesses to wrangle their Windows Server file shares and protect their data offsite.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Red Hat's latest update of Ansible Engine includes new capabilities that make it easier to support automation across multiple cloud environments.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: AWS is adding artificial intelligence and compute services to its cloud lineup, and Micron and Intel will terminate their 3D XPoint joint development program.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Cloud-native application development is an approach to building and running an application that can take full advantage of the cloud computing model based on four key tenets: services for architecture, APIs for communication, containers for infrastructure and DevOps for process.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Barracuda now supports all three major public cloud providers with its CloudGen Web Application Firewall technology and enables multicloud management capabilities.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The OneNote desktop client will now pause file synchronization operations when Windows slips into its power-saving mode.
07/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK CASE STUDY: Otis Elevator is creating smarter buildings by using Internet of Things technology to monitor the health of its people-moving equipment to enable predictive maintenance and boost customer satisfaction.
07/18/2018   eWeek Cloud News
New features in Windows Admin Center Server allow users to manage updates on managed servers running on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform.
07/18/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Compuware reveals a product acquisition, several enhancements to its Topaz for Total Test platform and a partnership that it believes will improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace agile development and DevOps on their mainframes.
07/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Walmart plans to use Microsoft's intelligent cloud offerings to modernize its operations and migrate hundreds of applications to Azure.
07/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
New software-as-a-service application automatically adds and removes query processing capacity to a database cluster as workload demand rises and falls, resulting in agility and responsiveness for end users.
07/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

How much does you’re public cloud cost month to month? If you don’t know, you’re hardly alone. Most people in IT don’t have a good understand of what a public cloud service costs per month. Most wait to find out what the bill says rather than proactively monitor cloud consumption, much less have cloud cost governance in place.

Even if your financial budgeting model can handle uncertain costs, not knowing what you’re spending has a downside. When you moved to the public cloud, your company put a value driver in place when defining the business cases—and part of that was based on ongoing costs per month.

If those costs are higher than originally estimated, the value metrics won’t support your goals. Although you can make a case for the cloud’s value around agility and compressing time to market, that will fall on deaf ears among your business leaders if you’re 20 to 30 percent over budget for ongoing cloud costs.

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07/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
At its AWS Summit 2018 in New York, Amazon Web Services announced it was adding new artificial intelligence machine learning and compute services on the AWS cloud.
07/16/2018   Virtualization
SOLUTION ANALYSIS: Workspot’s cloud-native VDI broker deploys cloud desktops, apps and GPU workstations on Microsoft Azure in one day and simplifies VDI management with its single pane-of- glass approach.
07/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
SOLUTION ANALYSIS: Workspot’s cloud-native VDI broker deploys cloud desktops, apps and GPU workstations on Microsoft Azure in one day and simplifies VDI management with its single pane-of- glass approach.
07/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Azure SQL Data Warehouse customers can expect twice the query performance and fewer problems accommodating multiple users.
07/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Quest On Demand Migration provides Microsoft Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration of accounts, email and OneDrive; helps IT teams with merging and consolidating of Office 365 tenants; and accelerates Office 365 consolidation projects.
07/16/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The companies are working on industrial internet of things solutions based on GE's Predix platform and Microsoft's cloud.
07/13/2018   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Google introduces Cost Forecast feature for Cloud Billing, and ransomware attacks spiked in the first half of 2018, SonicWall reports.
07/13/2018   eWeek Cloud News
OpsRamp is a cloud-based IT operations management platform that brings together on-premises and cloud infrastructure through discovery, monitoring, escalation management and automation.
07/13/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

According to a recent report from IDC, “worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50 percent over the five-year forecast period.”

Anyone in enterprise IT already knows that big data is a big deal. If you can manage and analyze massive amounts of data—I’m talking petabytes—you’ll have access to all sorts of information that will help you run your business better. 

Right? Sadly, for most enterprises, no. 

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07/11/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Enterprises are moving to multicloud in droves. Why? The key drivers most often cited by cloud adopters are speed, agility, platform flexibility, and reduced costs—or at least more predictable costs. It’s ironic then that more than half of these companies say that runaway cloud costs are their biggest postmigration pain point. 

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07/11/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The power of Docker images is that they’re lightweight and portable—they can be moved freely between systems. You can easily create a set of standard images, store them in a repository on your network, and share them throughout your organization. Or you could turn to Docker Inc., which has created various mechanisms for sharing Docker container images in public and private.

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07/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I hear it every day now: “We’re moving beyond cloud computing to edge computing.” Pretty hypey, and not at all logical.

Edge computing is a handy trick. It’s the ability to place processing and data retention at a system that’s closer to the target system it’s collecting data for as well as to provide autonomous processing.

The architectural advantages are plenty, including not having to transmit all the data to the back-end systems—typical in the cloud—for processing. This reduces latency and can provide better security and reliability as well.

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07/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It’s the kind of meta notion that makes undergraduate philosophers say, “Whoa!” Software today is so complicated that we need to write software to help us understand and construct the software we need to write. Code begets code begets more code…

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07/06/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

What does it mean to truly understand fog computing? Looking at fog computing as a framework that supports a vast ecosystem of resources is probably the best place to start. Understanding fog requires an appreciation for how all elements, from the billions of connected devices at the very edge to the datacenters in the far cloud can be leveraged cohesively to create an infrastructure capable of powering the tech of the future.

There’s a misconception that fog, edge, and cloud computing are engaged in a constant battle, when in reality they can complement each other. In order to support today’s rapid increase in connected devices and demand for resources from emerging tech, we’ll see a continued shift toward decentralized architectures that incorporate elements of each. Fog computing is how we create that dynamic infrastructure, enabling, for example, IoT to access flexible and affordable nearline processing, and trained AI to harness low-latency compute right at the edge.

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07/06/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cognitive dissonance occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. People address that tension with one of several defensive maneuvers: Often, they reject or avoid the new information, or they resort to other defensive means of preserving order in their conceptions of reality.

What does this have to do with cloud computing? A lot, these days.

For many IT professionals a decade ago, cloud computing was not secure, overpriced, unreliable, and other otherwise evil. In the early days, they loudly agitated against the cloud notion. Today, those people largely keep their opinions to themselves, but more of them are out there than you know.

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07/04/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Today’s low-code app development platforms can play an essential role in any business undergoing digital transformation. As needs ebb and flow and new market opportunities present themselves, agile organizations require a way to innovate faster and speed time to market. While traditional development cycles are complex and can take months, modern low-code development platforms simplify the complexity of enterprise software development and enable deployment in weeks or days.

Low-code development platforms are not new. Rapid app development tools, like Visual Basic, PowerBuilder, and, to a lesser extent, Microsoft Access, have been around for decades, giving developers simple, easy-to-use platforms for creating applications quickly and efficiently with minimal or no coding required.

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07/03/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Where do I get my cloud news? It’s almost never CPA Journal. But, more and more, accounting is becoming a larger part of cloud computing—no matter what side of the cloud you’re sitting on. 

On the enterprise side, it’s a matter of taxes to be paid. While you can typically find 30 to 40 percent better operational cost utilization when using cloud computing, that savings may be diluted by the fact that you’re giving up depreciation on hardware in the datacenter.

So, while cloud computing can save you millions of dollars a year, it may actually cost you money, at least in the short term. That’s something that I’ve run into from time to time with clients over the years.

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07/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The latest version of the container orchestration system Kubernetes, 1.11, adds a new load-balancing method and provides custom resource definitions. 

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07/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Azure WebJobs give you an easy way to schedule and execute background tasks in Microsoft Azure. The Azure WebJobs SDK simplifies the work of creating background tasks with declarative binding and trigger management features. Your Azure WebJobs then can be executed in three different ways: They can run continuously, or on a pre-defined schedule, or even on demand. In this article we will examine how we can build and deploy Azure WebJobs in .Net.

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07/02/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

During my decades as a database application developer, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would ever have access to a transactional, planet-scale, distributed database, much less that I would be comparing many of them. But with Google Cloud Spanner, CockroachDB, Azure Cosmos DB, Neo4j Enterprise, and most recently YugaByte DB all available in production, that one-time pipe dream is now quite real.

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06/29/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I’m a big fan of cloud-based machine learning and deep learning, and AI in general. After all, you can’t be a geek without imagining having a conversation with an artificially intelligent being that can answer questions and carry out your bidding!

That’s said, I’m also seeing cloud-based machine learning and deep learning misapplied over and over again. All have easy fixes for the most part, and certainly cloud-based machine learning is here to stay. But use it wisely and appropriately.

Here are the top three recurring mistakes that I’m seeing. 

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06/28/2018   Virtualization
VMware is continuing to add new services to its portfolio that help organizations manage and deploy containers with the Kubernetes container orchestration platform.
06/27/2018   Virtualization
The second major release of Kubernetes in 2018 brings new dynamic kubelet management capabilities, as well as general availability for the IPVS load balancing feature.
06/26/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

There is tremendous momentum across the Docker container ecosystem year over year as more organizations transition to devops and microservices models and gain more expertise in the modern stack. The second annual Docker usage report from Sysdig shows more activity, more scale, and life cycle attributes that are unique to container environments.

The report is based on real-world data collected from 90,000 containers in production—twice the sample size of last year—in a broad cross-section of vertical industries. Companies ranged in size from mid-market to large enterprises in North America, Latin America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific.

Data for the study came from a point-in-time snapshot of container usage as reported by the Sysdig Monitor and Sysdig Secure cloud service that my company offers, tools that watch system calls between containers and their host environment to provide intelligence about what containers are doing.

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06/26/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Serverless computing in the cloud is a good idea—serverless computing is not just for the datacenter. Serverless cloud computing means the ability to get out of the business of provisioning cloud-based servers, such as storage and compute, to support your workloads, and instead use autiation at the cloud provider to allocate and deallocate resources automatically.

Although there are cost advantages of serverless cloud computing, the real advantage is simplicity. Removing developers and application managers from resource provisioning just makes the public cloud easier to use and—most important—easier to change.

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06/22/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Most IT professionals would agree that cloud computing is more about a paradigm than a physical displacement of computing resources. The “utility” paradigm is transformational by virtue of on-demand, elastic resources. But unlike being stuck with just a single local cable provider, the range of choice in cloud computing options also provides selectivity and customization best suited for the delivery of individual applications.

Research from Edwin Yuen at ESG suggests enterprises have adopted multiple public clouds for production workloads at a remarkably high rate. His research says 81 percent of current cloud infrastructure users are running two or more public cloud infrastructure providers. Of those users, 61 percent are using three or more. The greatest driver for multicloud utilization is application or workload specificity.

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06/22/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A hybrid cloud provides you with the largest number of options, according to those that sell them. You get a private cloud coupled with one or more public clouds, with workloads distributed across them.

IT is often told that starting with a private cloud and then going hybrid is a straightforward, sensible strategy. But it’s not as easy as you’ve likely been told.

I often hear that it’s a much more difficult process to move from a private cloud to a public or hybrid cloud than it is to move directly to a public cloud from traditional on-premises systems.

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